MARYNEAL, Texas -

The White Hat Fire in Nolan County continues to grow and has now burned 79,000 acres.

The fire, burning near Maryneal and Nolan about 15 miles south of Sweetwater, has been scorching the area since Monday.

The fire has destroyed power lines, 12 structures and everything else in its path.

As of Thursday, officials said the fire is about 70 percent contained. This means that fire crews have carved a containment line around about 70 percent of the fire.

Residents in the Nolan and Maryneal area without electricity and could be waiting for at least a couple more days before power can be restored.